There’s few things as frustrating as finding a cute outfit you absolutely love, only to find out it costs an arm and a leg to own. A few weeks ago I was browsing through a few shops in my local mall and I started to get the feeling that the clothes I was looking at might have been nice, but they weren’t nice enough to cost a week’s pay check. I had this overwhelming feeling that I was being ripped off, and so I looked up a few thrift shops and headed to the closest Value Village I could find.
Needless to say, I’ve fallen in love with thrift shopping! I found so many adorable sweaters and cardigans I didn’t expect to dig up, and all for an insanely low cost. If you too are looking for some unique, affordable pieces to add to your wardrobe, don’t be afraid to stop by your local thrift store!
Before you set off to bargain your way to a few cute new outfits, here are some things to keep in mind about thrifting.
The First Time Thrifter
When you first walk into a thrift shop for the first time, you might feel a little out of place. I know I did. Don’t worry, it’s normal to feel a little strange and out of place if you’ve never been thrift shopping before. Just remember that everyone is there to find a good deal and that the experience is what you make of it!
Don’t get me wrong, thrifting is a great way to find lovely clothes if you have the time and patience to sift through racks and racks of clothes. There will be times where you won’t find anything worth taking home, but there will also be times where you won’t believe you grabbed such an amazing steal at a thrift store! It’s a gamble, but one definitely worth the price.
When you’re thrifting keep in mind that many of your finds might not be the best of quality. They’ve been owned and worn before so it’s normal if some items are a little worn down, have a hole that needs some sewing, or have that funky thrift shop smell to them. It’s all part of the adventure of thrift shopping.
The Thrill Of The Find
When you find something lovely at a thrift shop, you’ll feel a rush of pride and accomplishment- as you should! Sifting through hundreds of clothes and finding a steal at a great price will make you feel much more confident about your shopping skills, not to mention keep your wallet happy too. The best part is, most people won’t believe where you got your outfit from when you tell them.
Mix and Matching
One thing thrifters are undoubtedly good at is mixing and matching their outfits. Mixing new pieces with thrift finds to create the perfect outfit in the process can sound like a stressful task if you feel you have no idea what you’re doing. If you’re a beginner and feel like you don’t know much about putting outfits together- don’t sweat it. It’s all about what you feel good in. Try wearing a favourite piece of yours with a new thrift find at the start, and soon you’ll see how simple it is to incorporate your thrifting pieces to your every day wardrobe!
Thrifting is by far one of my favourite ways to shop and feel as creative as I can while creating my wardrobe. Have you tried thrift shopping yet? If not, I strongly encourage you to try it as it might surprise you. Happy thrifting!